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Volume 15, Issue 29 ~ July 19 - July 25, 2007

This Week's Features:

Working Your Way Up

Summer jobs are practice rounds where high school and college kids figure out what kind of employees they are, what they’re willing to do to make a buck and whether making money is the point.

by Bethany Rodgers

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Living History

William and Patrice Chaney at home in Maryland’s past.

by Margaret Tearman

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Life Beyond Plastic Bags

Whole Foods Annapolis bids adieu to an old standby.

by Carrie Madren

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Changing Attitudes, Changing Latitudes

Twenty-seven months after the tsunami, we expected to find a place engulfed in mourning. But such was not the case; the people we met showed no signs of grief. They seem to have an inner strength derived from the fact that everyone in the city shares the same anguish; no one escaped scot-free.

by Dick Wilson

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101 Ways To Have Fun ~ Summer 2007

Once more this summer, Bay Weekly’s “Indispensable Guide to Summer on the Bay” brings you 101 ways to harvest the delicious pleasures of summer. Again this year, kids get their own 101 Ways to Have Fun.


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The Burton Family Reunion

Memories of times past

Despite what Thomas Wolfe wrote, one can go home again — and sometimes, if you are fortunate, home is like it was when you left it long, long ago. I experienced that satisfying pleasure recently when attending the latest in more than 40 Burton family reunions.

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Bay Gardener Cultivates Future Horticulturalists

Paying it forward to figure out our living world

Back in 1960, the Bay Gardener got a green start with a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Grant of $250. With this money — which went a lot further in those days — I studied the effects of hormones on the rooting of mountain laurel and rhododendron cuttings, one of many experiences that encouraged me to pursue a career in teaching, research and extension.

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Greener Months Ahead for Women

Consider reducing your lifetime disposable product count

Women of ancient cultures couldn’t buy feminine hygiene products at the supermarket or drugstore chain, so they improvised, fashioning pads instead out of various natural and biodegradable materials — from papyrus and wool to grasses and vegetable fibers. Modern women, however, have relied on a variety of disposable products that create significant after-use waste and can also be dangerous to their health.

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Breaking from the Sun

At its elongation this week, Mercury doubles in brightness

The waxing moon shines in the southeast at sunset, around 8:30 this week, each night appearing farther south and setting one-half hour later. Saturday’s first-quarter moon travels with Spica, the brilliant blue-white star in Virgo. Tuesday and Wednesday night, the moon forms a triangle with Jupiter and Antares, the red-orange heart of Scorpius; Tuesday the moon is 10 degrees to their west, Wednesday 10 degrees to their east.

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A Fluke Is a Very Fortunate Event

Summer flounder are challenging to hook, difficult to land and devilishly hard to find

On an early morning in late June, I was drifting the transitional edge of one of the deeper channels that cut through an island chain in the Southeastern Bay. The tide had just started moving nicely when the fish I was seeking made its move.

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Earth Journal
by Gary Pendleton

Blueberries Satisfy Local Hunger

July’s the time prudent gardeners and lucky foragers taste these sweets

You’ve probably heard the news: Local is in.

Literary superstar Barbara Kingsolver and other best-selling authors are writing books about food, reflecting on where their food comes from, not just how it is grown. Local is the new organic. houses. Continue reading...

Way Downstream

Now’s the time to eat Del-Marvelous watermelons, good and good for you … How did your lawmakers score on League of Conservation Voters 2007 report card? … NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center breaks ground on a green Exploration Sciences Building … Virginia debates building the world’s biggest ethanol plant … this week’s Creature Feature: In Howard County, a herd of Rhinoncomimus latipes Korotyaev weevils go to war against the prickly, invasive mile-a-minute vine.

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Police Beat: Boaters In Hot Water

Sometimes, we marvel at people’s capacity to have fun around and on Chesapeake Bay. Other times we just shake our heads.

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  • No Place Called away
  • Sisterly Love, Annapolis to Niteroi
  • Missing Try again

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Bay Reflections

by M.L. Faunce

In praise of soft shells: Bringing you this Chesapeake delicacy keeps watermen up all night.

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